new-york

Anne Arnold

Fischbach Gallery

Anne Arnold’s life-size sculptures of animals combine the anthropomorphizing of creatures in Walt Disney creations such as Bambi and the eerie, trompe I’oeil presence of Duane Hanson’s and John de Andrea’s Super Realist sculpture, with a concern for formal relationships between surface and armature. Though obviously sculptural objects, these domesticated and pet animals—dog, skunk, three-quarters of a white horse, his and hers portrait busts of sheep, a reclining cow—are at the same time disturbingly animate.

What elevates this work out of the category of fancy stuffed toys or kitschy ceramic animal figures? They may vaguely suggest such creatures, but are clearly not a part of that milieu. These animals are not types. Each of the sculptures is a respectful psychological and physical portrait of a particular animal that goes beyond the typological insight of a caricaturist. In a human

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